vivek_ahuja wrote:Note the special coating on the engine boom to prevent it from melting from the hot jet flow over it.
What an amazing eye for detail ? Good Lord !!
vivek_ahuja wrote:The Ka-226 is another one of the geopolitical buys from Russia in the same way that the Apache is from the USA.
I wonder if the armed forces also push for these sales as a way of applying pressure on homegrown projects to speed up their programs or lose out. Can't blame them if that is the motive. I mean, can you imagine the speed of work from HAL on the LUH if the Ka-226 was not hanging like a sword above the LUH program?
Same with Apache for the LCH program, perhaps?
With regards to the Ka-226 and European Typhoon I agree.
The Ka-226 allows us to buy strategic leverage and Typhoon buys us none hence why it was a never good contender for MRCA.
vivek_ahuja wrote:Also, note from my previous posts about the hundreds of Hellfires being purchases for these Apaches. If they are not qualified on the LCH, does that mean that in a war with China in the high mountains, the LCH might run out of ATGM stocks and get crippled, even though the Apaches are sitting in the plains with hundreds of Hellfires in the warehouses?
I seriously doubt the OEM is going to allow both of what you described here.
1. Data Sharing and Shared Intelligence network i.e everyone publishes to a unified intelligence net and anyone can subsribe.
2. Weapons Integration of Hell Fire.
I cast my mind back to when French refused some sort of Helmet based integration or an Israeli Dash helmet into the rafale.
For now I believe/ I think the OEM will not allow any of the above.
They might allow #2 later as it will lead to sales of more ammo.
However If we could we should go for #1.
The Apache will always be a winner in the plains of Punjab and Dunes of RaJasthan.
I think its an awesome machine that is going to massive ripples in the armoured patterns of the Opposition. Would you not love to be a fly on the wall in the mess of Pak Armoured regiments tonight.
I think for go forward of our desh, we need that missile integration and confirmed sales # showing up in media. As you pointed out to another poster.
Something smells there. What are we waiting for before pulling the trigger on LCH and LCA Mk1a ?
I don't get it.